New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will return to the starting lineup and bat sixth in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers, according to the New York Times.
Rodriguez was benched by manager Joe Girardi for Game 5 of the Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles in favor of Eric Chavez. The Yankees won the game 3-1 to advance to the ALCS.
Rodriguez was 2 for 16 (.125) with no RBIs in the division series, going hitless in 12 at-bats against right-handed pitchers with nine strikeouts. The Tigers are starting right-hander Doug Fister in Game 1.
Rodriguez is 10 for 66 (.152) with no homers and six RBIs in postseason play since 2009 and hasn't hit a home run in 84 at-bats since Sept. 14. https://twitter.com/zschonbrun/status/257220255858950144